Does your outdoor space give you joy? Does it allow you the opportunity to connect to the natural world?
Or is it a source of worry, an expensive responsibility, a time-consuming chore?
If you lean more toward the second feeling than the first, you're not alone. People in the SF bay area tend to lead busy lives dominated by demanding jobs and caring for children and family. Spending time in the garden becomes a taxing chore.
Habitat gardening is about building and maintaining gardens by designing them through a new eye, a new way of thinking - a way that creates serene spaces full of life, color, beautiful scents, and fresh air packed with happiness-inducing negative ions. As a bonus, this kind of garden requires less maintenance than traditional gardens because its design works with, rather than against, nature.
Habitat gardening is also about taking a critical look at the standards of both the landscaping and agricultural industries and questioning what we as homeowners and garden makers can do to improve the environment, improve our health, and improve our communities by taking better care of our local environment and the living beings who depend on it.
As a firm with twenty years of experience in designing, building, and maintaining gardens based on permaculture and ecological design principles, we've learned how to create and sustain ecologically beneficial gardens that are also beautiful, inspiring places for human beings. The pictures below show one of our client's gardens before and after; at Mariposa, we want everyone to have a space like this, that takes the stresses of the day away by providing a garden that is teeming with life, one that allows you to connect to the natural world.
We're looking forward to sharing our experience with homeowners and members of the gardening community in this blog. We’d love to start a conversation with readers, too; feel free to use the comments to tell us your opinions, experiences, learnings, successes and failures.
Next up: the challenge of water for the garden in California.
Before and after photos show the change from traditional to habitat garden at this Oakland home.